This is a piece I wrote combining field recordings (made with my Zoom H4N) and my voice. The text is: names of the ships and their types and an excerpt from Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.
Friday, October 21, 2011
South Street Seaport
I've heard there's a monthly sea shanty sing at the South Street Seaport. Something about land-legged people gathering together to sing songs to stationary boats is intriguing—as though everyone is longing for a different life. I haven't decided whether its poetic or terrifying and I suppose I won't know until I check it out. In any case, living in New York but being originally from Vancouver, I've always liked to go down to the Seaport. I find the sound of the boats straining against the ropes and the wood groaning against the old water of the East River comforting. Still, I'm waiting for the time I will go down to the Seaport and discover that all the boats have left New York and moved on to open water.